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52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada

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Celebrating Guelph’s stories!

The Guelph Civic Museum showcases Guelph’s history through permanent and changing exhibits, a fun and interactive families gallery, and special events and activities.  Located in the recently renovated Loretto Convent, atop the hill at Norfolk Street and beside the landmark Church of Our Lady, the museum is home to a collection of over 30,000 artifacts that bring Guelph’s past to life.

2012

Guelph Civic Museum opens at 52 Norfolk Street, the former Loretto Convent.

2000

The “Growing Up in Guelph Children’s Museum” opens at the Civic Museum. The popular children’s gallery attracts many more visitors and significantly increases the number of family memberships.

1980

Guelph Civic Museum opens at 6 Dublin Street South, a commercial limestone building built c.1855. The building had many uses over the years but was most recently known as the Knights of Columbus Hall.

1967

Canada’s Centennial Year. The Museum opens in its first home in the horse stables, now the Farmer’s Market.

1960’s

Members of the Guelph Historical Society begin to collect artifacts and displays are mounted in store fronts and community centres.

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December 2017

From Convent to Museum: The Renovation Story

December 5, 2017 - December 2, 2018
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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  The Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary, whose members are commonly known as the Sisters of Loretto, is a Roman Catholic congregation founded in France in 1609. In 1847, the Loretto Sisters arrived in Canada and by 1856 they had established a convent in Guelph, located on “Catholic Hill” near to the Church of Our Lady Immaculate (built between 1875 and 1883, designated as a basilica in 2014). The Loretto Sisters opened the first Catholic school in the county…

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February 2018

Toys and Games

February 6 @ 10:00 am - July 1 @ 5:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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March 2018

Focusing on Nature: Photography in the Natural World

March 10 - June 10
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Photograph of green leaf with caterpillar trails

A collaboration between Focus on Nature and Guelph Museums. Opening reception: Friday, March 23, 6:30 PM   Photography provides new ways of seeing and understanding our local environment. Today’s technological, urbanized culture meets the natural world in this exhibition of digital photographs created by Guelph youth through Focus on Nature, a local organization that connects kids to nature through photography. The exhibition includes photographic artifacts from the Guelph Museums’ collection and from private collections. These historical objects combined with the…

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April 2018

Guelph Pride 2018: Celebrating 15 Years

April 27 @ 10:00 am - July 29 @ 5:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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In 2018, Guelph Pride celebrates 15 years of LGBT2Q+ culture and community in Guelph and Wellington County. Guelph Museums celebrates this significant moment through an exhibition that advocates for accessibility, inclusivity and historical knowledge among all LGBT2Q+ identified persons and their allies. Organized in timelines, we consider LGBT2Q+ human rights, the emergence of the Pride movement and the adoption of the rainbow as a signifier of diversity and inclusion, and Guelph’s own LGBT2Q+ stories. Co-presented by Guelph Pride, Guelph Museums,…

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Wall of Art: Guelph Pride 2018

April 27 @ 10:00 am - July 29 @ 5:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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The Guelph Museums and the Guelph Arts Council are pleased to present the “Wall of Art” juried exhibition series, featuring excellent artists from the LGBT2Q+ Community. This exciting series aims to showcase the breadth of local talent that we have here in Guelph as well as provide artists with a unique opportunity to share their work with a larger audience. In 2018, Guelph Pride celebrates 15 years of LGBT2Q+ culture and community. Guelph Museums marks this significant moment through an…

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May 2018

Fourth Friday: Storyteller Brad Woods and the Great Wooden Trio

May 25 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Free

Kick off your weekend with a performance by Storyteller Brad Woods and the Great Wooden Trio! On the Fourth Friday of the month, Guelph Museums offers free admission to the Guelph Civic Museum after 5 PM, and performance at 7 PM. Brad will be accompanied by Kev Morse, singer, songwriter, and guitarist of the Great Wooden Trio. Visitors can explore all exhibitions, including Focusing on Nature, LGBT2Q+ Pride, and Wall of Art: Guelph Pride 2018 Brad Woods has told stories…

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June 2018

Voices from the Engraver

June 5 @ 10:00 am - September 2 @ 5:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Experience the creative process, technical skill, and artistry that underlies the production of Canadian stamps and bank notes.

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Stories From the Hill

June 6 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Free

Join the Guelph Guild of Storytellers and special guest Jay Wilson for a free evening of storytelling at Guelph Civic Museum. Free admission.  

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Tiny Tot Thursday: ABC-Print with Me

June 7 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Join us on the first Thursday of each month for Tiny Tot fun! Drop in for organized songs, crafts, and games for children one to four years old and their caregivers. Circle time is at 11 AM. This month’s theme, ABC-Print with Me with a special guest from Guelph Public Library Upcoming Tiny Tot themes: June 7 – ABC-Print with Me July 5 – Machines that Build August 2 - Animal Homes

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School’s Out, Museum’s In

June 8 @ 1:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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No teachers, no books, but lots of great activities all day. Practice your printing skills with calligraphy artist Debbie Thompson-Wilson at 1 PM.

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School’s Out, Museum’s In PD Day

June 8 @ 1:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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On this PD Day, practice your printing skills with calligraphy artist Debbie Thompson-Wilson.

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Cursive: Reading and Writing the Old School Way

June 16 @ 10:00 am - September 2 @ 5:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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RECEPTION: FRIDAY, JUNE 22, 6:30 PM Ancient cultures developed systems of writing that have evolved and persisted into the 21st century. Featuring artifacts selected from the permanent collection, this exhibition traces the history of penmanship, never more compelling than in the digital age.

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Father’s Day Special

June 17 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Free admision for dads

Free admission for dads. Build the perfect paper plane at the Civic Museum from 2 to 4 PM.

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Fourth Friday: Shannon Kingsbury

June 22 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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FREE

Kick off your weekend with a performance by Shannon Kingsbury! On the Fourth Friday of the month, Guelph Museums offers free admission to the Guelph Civic Museum after 5 p.m. Join us in celebration of summer exhibitions, Voices from the Engraver, and Cursive: Reading and Writing the Old School Way. Opening remarks, 6:30 p.m. with performance by Shannon Kingsbury at 7 p.m. Singer-Songwriter and Harpist Shannon Kingsbury is a passionate member of Guelph Canada’s vibrant arts scene. As performer and composer…

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July 2018

Build it with…

July 4 @ 11:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 11:00am on Wednesday, repeating indefinitely

An event every week that begins at 1:00pm on Wednesday, repeating indefinitely

Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Inspired by the ongoing exterior construction happening at the Civic Museum, join us for special presentations and activities in the "Build it with" series on Wednesdays during July and August. Two sessions, 11 AM and 1 PM. Special guests and activities: July 4 - Tinker Cart from Guelph Public Library: 11 AM at Market Square, 1 PM at Civic Museum July 11 - Technology with Guelph Public Library July 18 - Recyclables July 25 - Play With Clay August 1 - Tinker…

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Tiny Tot Thursday: Machines that Build

July 5 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Join us on the first Thursday of each month for Tiny Tot fun! Drop in for organized songs, crafts, and games for children one to four years old and their caregivers. Circle time is at 11 AM. This month’s theme, Machines that Build! Upcoming Tiny Tot themes: July 5 – Machines that Build August 2 - Animal Homes

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Fourth Friday: Brenda Lewis & Gayle Ackroyd

July 27 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Free

Kick off your weekend with a performance by The Brenda Lewis and Gayle Ackroyd Vocal Harmonies Duo! On the Fourth Friday of the month, Guelph Museums offers free admission to the Guelph Civic Museum after 5 p.m. Performance by The Brenda Lewis and Gayle Ackroyd Vocal Harmonies Duo at 7 p.m. Brenda Lewis & Gayle Ackroyd's vocal harmonies will take you on a journey through 1960s Pop, Rock and R&B - to more recent country, folk and bluegrass, and originals written…

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August 2018

Tiny Tot Thursday: Animal Homes

August 2 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Join us on the first Thursday of each month for Tiny Tot fun! Drop in for organized songs, crafts, and games for children one to four years old and their caregivers. Circle time is at 11 AM. This month’s theme, Animal Homes!    

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John Galt Day

August 4 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Admission by donation

Family fun to celebrate Guelph’s founder. Details to come! Admission by donation.

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Fourth Friday: Ian Reid

August 24 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Free

Kick off your weekend with a performance by Ian Reid! On the Fourth Friday of the month, Guelph Museums offers free admission to the Guelph Civic Museum after 5 p.m. Performance by Ian Reid at 7 p.m. Ian Reid is a singer-songwriter living in his hometown of Rockwood, Ontario. Ian has a passion for a good story and the poignancy of everyday life in small communities. Ian’s songwriting reflects what we can and can’t change and often leaves listeners remarking on…

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